Murtle is back again to share 5 things that you can do starting today to reduce your single-use plastics! Murtle and I had the pleasure of leading a class on Turtles & Trash to the Young Naturalists, a program through Edisto Island Open Land Trust and Jane Edwards School. Our program explained how plastics can have drastic consequences for our sea turtles. After our presentation, we proceeded to help clean-up the beach!
Here is a video Murtle and I made that was a part of our presentation. I hope you join Murtle and I in reducing our use!
Thank-you for all of the support! I ran the 5km Turtle Trek this past Saturday and had a great time. I ended up raising $648.45 for the Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium. It was very windy and hot, which made the run more difficult but it was a great challenge!
Murtle also accompanied me to the race, see below for her video!
Hello Blog Readers!
There is still time to donate to the Sea Turtle Care Center through my Turtle Trek Race! I will be running a 5km race this Saturday, September 23rd. Click the button below to be taken to my fundraising page. The turtles and I thank-you for the support!
Edisto was hit less than a year ago by Hurricane Matthew and even though Hurricane Irma was far west, we got hit hard with storm surge and a tornado. Prior to the hurricane, all of the nesting posts and netting were removed from 9 nests. We are not sure how the nests fared during the storm but we are going to attempt to relocate them. So hopefully we can collect data from them.
The good news is that we have had a successful season, with 12,847 hatchlings emerged and a hatch success rate of 85.7%.
I am looking at putting together an end of the season video - so stay tuned for that!
We only have 11 nests to hatch on our state park beach! We just had nest 140 hatch last night. Our season has been going well with a hatch success of 85.4% and an emerge rate of 82.8% with 11,541 emerged hatchlings that have already made their way to the ocean.
Photos taken by our volunteer, Dawn Rizer.
Sea Turtle Biologist